Last week I was graced with an afternoon of tea and mindful conversation with a friend and fellow mindfulness practitioner, Patricia Galaczy.
Patricia is one of Continuing Studies' gifted facilitators, designing and delivering leadership and career skills courses to students at all stages of their academic journeys. A teacher in the private and public sectors for over 13 years, she has been a mindfulness and yoga student for the same period of time, nurturing a foothold in both the worlds of academia and contemplation. Patricia holds a Master's Degree in Industry Relations from Queens University and has studied mindfulness atSpirit Rock Meditation Centre in California, as well as completed certificate training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
"I've always really been interested in people and people's potential," Patricia told me. "How we work, how we think and how we can be better together, play relationally into an organizational context."
Although a skillful practitioner in both professional advancement and mindful practices, she struggled for several years in how to bring the language of mindfulness into a work environment and make it practical and accessible at every level of an organization with all its challenges.
"One of my favourite definitions of leadership is being able to see clearly and respond skillfully," Patricia shared. "The definition of mindfulness that makes a lot of sense for me is the ability to pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally....And that definition makes a lot of sense to people, particularly in a work context. So much of what we understand about our capacities, our relationships, the organizational dynamics have to do with our ability to be able to pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and when we don't do that it has repercussions."
Read more of our interview with Patricia at Continuing Studies' blog, http://continuingstudiesatrru.blogspot.ca/.And join Patricia Galaczy for one or more of her upcoming mindfulness courses in Continuing Studies:
- Introduction to Mindfulness: Staying Grounded in Stressful Times - free lunchtime learning talkFriday, November 15, 2013,12-1pm
- Everyday Mindfulness: Slow Down, Come Back and Be Here NowSaturday, November 23, 2013, 9am-4:30pm
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reductions (MBSR)Monday evenings (5-7pm), one Saturday (10am-4pm), January 24-March 1, 2014
- Mindfulness at WorkThursday, February 6, 2013, 9am-5pm
Contact Continuing Studies at 2513 to register.